Celebs Go Dating star claims producers 'cruelly manipulated' her to be 'fat-shamed'
A single mum who was branded a 'catfish' after appearing on Celebs Go Dating claims she was 'set up' by producers.
Adele Woodward alleges that production stuff cruelly manipulated her to be 'destroyed' by Lee Ryan on national TV during Sunday night's episode of the E4 dating show.
The Blue singer was stunned because his date "looked nothing like her photo" - which Adele claims was four-years-old and they had not been given permission to use.
The 35-year-old civil servant, who has struggled with her weight, believes she was deliberately portrayed as an "overweight beast" and edited to look "fat and miserable".
Adele, from Wakefield, also claims she has received no aftercare since her episode aired and is speaking out to warn others about "fat-shaming".
Speaking to Mirror Online, Adele says: "It was edited very badly on purpose. The whole thing in my opinion was completely set up to make me look like a catfish.
"The date, the way it is edited, makes it look like I’m miserable and not speaking. It’s not the case. There were four hours of footage there. They chose to pick those bits where I'm not speaking and looking unimpressed.
"Throughout the date they prompted me to say ‘did you see Blue as a kid? Oh right you need to focus on that’. They made me look like a die-hard Blue fan which is not the case.
"A lot of the things I did discuss with him were not shown. The only thing that was shown was parts of me looking bad to say ‘look at this fat pig on TV talking to Lee Ryan’."
Before the date, viewers saw Lee Ryan tell dating agents Anna Williamson and Paul C Brunson that "pretty" Adele didn't look her age after seeing a photo which she claims was four-years-old.
Speaking on his own to the camera after meeting her, Lee said: "Wow, erm Adele, yeah. Yeah wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. She doesn't exactly look like the picture Paul and Anna showed me."
Adele says she had turned down Celebs Go Dating last year after being contacted by production staff but accepted this year - with them aware she had put on a stone-and-a-half in weight.
She allowed Celebs Go Dating production staff access to her social media accounts to check her history but claims she had not given them the photo they showed to Lee on the programme.
Adele says: "That’s what they’ve shown him, knowing full well that’s not what I look like. I do look like that now as I’ve lost about a stone since the show. My weight fluctuates because quite a few years ago I was 16.5 stone at my heaviest. Through sheer determination I lost all that weight and went down to 9.5 stone at my slimmest - based on the fact people were mean about my appearance.
"It took me a lot to get to where I am now. They [Celebs Go Dating] were well aware of all this and still chose to do this anyway. They chose to film when I was a stone-and-a-half overweight as opposed to earlier on in the year when I wasn’t."
Adele did record a short introductory video, which is often shown to the celebrities before the date, but believes it wasn't shown to Lee because he would have seen what she looked like.
She says: "I didn’t see the episode before it aired. I didn’t see what he said. I wasn’t told how they would edit it. There were actually parts that were funny that they didn’t show. They filmed all the worse parts they could have done after four hours of footage.
"There’s so many things about the show that are false and set up and Lee Ryan said to me himself on the date ‘don’t worry about it it’s all fake’.
"Before the show they make you sign a disclaimer to cover their own backs. We’ll say mean things about you, are you prepared for that. What they won’t say is 'we will edit the footage to make you look horrific and wont tell you before it’s aired and won’t call you the next day when you feel like a twit'."
Adele claims she was given just 15 minutes to get changed in a cafe toilet across the road before the date with Lee.
According to Adele, Lee was 'running the show' and stopped filming to ask if they could 'get p****d at the bar'.
After the date, viewers saw Lee giving his harsh verdict: "I think that's the worst date I’ve been on. I don’t want to say anything against her... but I just feel like…no."
The mother-of-two has heavily criticised the Blue singer for 'tearing' her down by commenting negatively on her appearance.
"It’s insane he can pick apart somebody’s appearance for being ugly on the outside when he’s so ugly on the inside," says Adele.
"I’m a single mother, I own my own home, I’ve worked very hard for everything I have. I work a full-time job, I work hard to stay slim.
"I’m not this miserable woman who catfished him by sending pictures that looking nothing like me to lure him into this false sense of security and make him go on a date with a fat girl. What’s happened here is I was a fat girl, I struggled hard to lose weight, and worked really hard.
"It’s really sad that this has happened because when you get your confidence to a certain place it’s so horrible when it takes someone like Lee Ryan to tear it back down again.
Adele says she did speak to producers after the date but has received no aftercare since the episode aired on Sunday night.
She says: "No one has checked on me. No one has said 'are you okay with this? We’ve completely destroyed you on TV and now you look like an idiot. And he’s completely picked apart the fact you’re fat, you’re ugly, you don’t like the picture we’ve shown him from four years ago'.
"No one knows if I’m devastated today. Hiding in a hole."
On wanting a positive message to come from her experience, she adds: "So many people have been supportive. I’ve had message from women who are struggling with their weight and others saying ‘you’re inspiring, you’ve taken this on the chin despite the fact it was awful and brutal'."